Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India

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Riverhead Books, 1997 - Religion - 368 pages
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Paul William Roberts's journeys through India span twenty years, and in Empire of the Soul, he creates a remarkably sweeping portrait of the political, cultural, and spiritual life of the subcontinent. He shows us the crumbling palaces where maharajas live much as they did five centuries ago; the ashrams, temples, and caves, where the holy men are often as terrifying as they are tender; the remote villages reached by torturous journeys on ramshackle buses; and a millionaire drug dealer's heavily guarded fortress on India's border with China. Roberts brings historical perspective to his observations of modern India. The decadence of a settlement of hippies stranded in the paradise of Goa is juxtaposed with an account of the brutality of the Inquisition in India. The plummeting fortunes of a family of Calcutta aristocrats serve to illustrate the fate of the entire city over the last few decades.

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User Review  - Latha Lokanath Pradeep - Goodreads

Love books on travel - this is one of the best I have ever read on travels in India. Read full review

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User Review  - Van Powel - Goodreads

By far my favorite book on India. (Read this after I'd been there a couple times.) But then I love Roberts' satirical perspective on almost anything. Read full review


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Paul William Roberts graduated from and taught literature at Oxford University. After stints in India and Hollywood, he settled in Toronto. Recipient of numerous writing awards, he is also the author of In Search of the Birth of Jesus.

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